STFC
Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC247654
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £33000 - £50000
Date Posted 06 December 2018
Grade RC-E
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 20 January 2019
Interview Date




Brief Description


Salary: £33,000 - £40,000 (Engineer), £40,000 - £50,000 (Senior Engineer) - dependent upon qualifications and experience and inclusive of role-based annual allowance
Grade: UKRI-D or UKRI-E
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time or Part Time
Closing Date: 20th January 2019

About Us:

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest research organisations. Through combining world-class facilities with major international collaborations and some of the world’s most talented staff, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and engineering.

STFC’s ISIS facility is a world-leading source of pulsed neutrons and muons. The facility performs cutting edge research into the structure and properties of materials at an atomic and molecular level.

STFC is one of nine organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); a new organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

About the role:

We now have exciting new opportunities for Mechanical Development Engineers to join the ISIS Design Division, working closely with fellow engineers and scientists to specify, design, procure and develop bespoke mechanical and electrical equipment and complex systems for the facility.

Our engineers are responsible for taking top level development ideas and managing the complete development process through engineering concept, design, procurement, installation/commissioning, testing and final reporting.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • carrying out engineering calculations and simulations to ensure the development brief is met
  • preparing work instructions for staff carrying out development and test programmes
  • managing tendering, procurement and delivery of approved designs, equipment and services
  • presenting reports on designs and test programmes for peer and stakeholder review
  • managing multi-disciplinary staff carrying out programmes of development and testing.

You will be appointed at either Band D (Engineer) or Band E (Senior Engineer) of STFC’s staffing hierarchy, depending on the strength of your skills, experience and qualifications.

For more information on ISIS you may wish to view one of our videos - https://player.vimeo.com/video/134620021.


Organization Description


UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at www.ukri.org.

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria:

You will be qualified to HNC/HND or degree level along with relevant experience or equivalent.

ISIS uses a wide range of technologies, from RF cavities and magnetic components, through to materials used in extreme environments. You will need a broad understanding of mechanical engineering and specific in-depth knowledge in one or more of the following areas:

  • RF cavities
  • magnetic elements (AC or DC)
  • high vacuum engineering
  • precision alignment
  • cryogenic engineering
  • FEA analysis
  • materials engineering
  • precision motion
  • remote handling of radioactive materials.

You will also have experience of developing test programmes within a highly complex technical environment. You should be able to demonstrate experience in performing engineering calculations and simulations and the use of 3D modelling and 2D drawing packages to ensure that a development brief is met.

You will demonstrate excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a highly organised approach to work, be self-motivated, innovative and inquisitive, with a desire to gain new skills in a broad range of areas.

Senior Engineer:

To be considered for this position you will have the above skills and experience as well as the following:

  • you will be qualified to degree level, possibly chartered engineer status and with significant experience in an area of responsibility, managing and directing staff engaged on development projects
  • it would be desirable to have experience in financial planning/budget control and an understanding of other related engineering disciplines.

An exceptional pension scheme, 30 days leave allowance and flexible working are offered, as well as an onsite nursery, subsidised restaurant, gym and sports facilities. A relocation allowance may also be available where applicable.

Full details of offered benefits can be found on STFC’s careers pages http://www.stfccareers.co.uk/careers/.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive background and pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process.

Online applications only, please submit a covering letter and CV, ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the file name description of each document uploaded. No Agencies.

The closing date for applications is 20th January 2019, however early applications are encouraged as applicants will be reviewed and considered on an on-going basis.

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